Die Welt

Die Welt (English: "The World") is a German national daily newspaper, published as a broadsheet by Axel Springer SE.

Die Welt
Die Welt front page
The April 11, 2011 front page of Die Welt
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Axel Springer SE
PublisherThomas Schmid
EditorJan-Eric Peters
Founded2 April 1946
Political alignmentConservative
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Die Welt Logo
previous logo (2010-29.11.2015)


Die Welt was founded in Hamburg in 1946[1] by the British occupying forces, aiming to provide a "quality newspaper" modelled on The Times. It originally carried news and British-viewpoint editorial content, but from 1947 it adopted a policy of providing two leading articles on major questions, one British and one German. The newspaper was bought by Axel Springer in 1953.

The 1993 circulation of the paper was 209,677 copies.[2] At its peak in the occupation period, it had a circulation of around a million.[3]

The modern paper takes a self-described "liberal cosmopolitan" position in editing, but Die Welt is generally considered to be conservative.[4][5]

The average circulation of Die Welt is currently about 180,000 (2016 [6]) and the paper can be obtained in more than 130 countries. Daily regional editions appear in Berlin and Hamburg, and in 2002 the paper experimented with a Bavarian edition. A daily regional supplement also appears in Bremen. The main editorial office is in Berlin, in conjunction with the Berliner Morgenpost.

Die Welt is the flagship newspaper of the Axel Springer publishing group. Its leading competitors are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau. Financially, it has been a lossmaker for many years.

Die Welt was a founder member of the European Dailies Alliance, and has a longstanding co-operation with comparable daily newspapers from other countries, including the Daily Telegraph (UK), Le Figaro (France), and ABC (Spain).

The newspaper currently publishes a compact edition entitled Welt Kompakt, a 32-page cut-down version of the main broadsheet. Welt Kompakt has a fresher look and is targeted to a younger public. The paper does not appear on Sundays, but the linked publication Welt am Sonntag takes its place.

In November 2010, a redesign for the newspaper was launched, featuring a new logo with a dark blue globe, a reduced number of columns from seven to six, and typography based on the Freight typeface designed by Joshua Darden. Welt Kompakt was also redesigned to use that typeface.[7][8] In 2009, the Sunday edition Welt am Sonntag was recognized as one of the "World’s Best-Designed Newspapers" by the Society for News Design, along with four other newspapers.[9]

On 2 May 2014, Swiss German business magazine BILANZ began to be published as a monthly supplement of Die Welt.[10][11]

On the 18th January 2018 the German TV channel N24 changed its name to Welt.


The paper was banned in Egypt in February 2008 due to the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad.[12][13]


Since 1999, the Die Welt book supplement Die Literarische Welt ("The Literary World") has presented an annual 10,000 literature prize available to international authors.[14] The award is in honor of Willy Haas who founded Die Literarische Welt in 1925.



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The Weltballon over Berlin
  • Rudolf Küstermeier (1946–1953)
  • Bernhard Menne (1950)
  • Paul Bourdin (1950)
  • Hans Scherer, Adalbert Worliczek, Adolf Helbig (1950–1952)
  • Albert Komma (1952–1953)
  • Hans Zehrer (1946 / 1953–1966)
  • Herbert Kremp (1969–1985)
  • Manfred Schell (1985–1992)
  • Peter Gillies (1985–1988)/(1992–1995)
  • Claus Jacobi (1993–1995)
  • Thomas Löffelholz (1995–1998)
  • Mathias Döpfner (1998–2000)
  • Wolfram Weimer (2000–2002)
  • Jan-Eric Peters (2002 – December 31, 2006)
  • Thomas Schmid (January 1, 2007 – 2010)
  • Jan-Eric Peters (since 2010)[32]

See also


  1. ^ "European News Resources". NYU Libraries. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  2. ^ Peter Humphreys (1996). Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe. Manchester University Press. p. 82. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ Patricia Meehan, A Strange Enemy People: Germans under the British 1945–50. London: Peter Owen, 2001, pp. 176–9. ISBN 0-7206-1115-6.
  4. ^ The World From Berlin Der Spiegel 28 December 2009.
  5. ^ Divided on unification The Economist 4 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V." Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  7. ^ "WELT-Redesign: größere Schrift, weniger Bilder - Fontblog". 22 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Joshua Darden « MyFonts". new.myfonts.com.
  9. ^ Five papers named world's best designed SND, 2009.
  10. ^ Markus Knöpfli (2 May 2014). "Die Bilanz geht in die Welt". Medien Woche (in German). Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  11. ^ "BILANZ - he German Business Magazine". INMA.org. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Der Spiegel issue on Islam banned in Egypt". France24. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Leading German Magazine Banned in Egypt". The Arab Press Network. 3 April 2008. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  14. ^ a b Benjamin Weinthal (November 11, 2012). "German paper awards J'lem author literary prize". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  15. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis an Imre Kertész in Berlin verliehen". Buch Markt (in German). November 10, 2000. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  16. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis 2001 an Pat Barker". Buch Markt (in German). October 23, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  17. ^ "Leon de Winter erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). November 8, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  18. ^ "Jeffrey Eugenides erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). October 14, 2003. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  19. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis an Amos Oz verliehen". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). November 13, 2004. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  20. ^ "Yasmina Reza erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2005 für ihr Lebenswerk". Buch Markt (in German). October 7, 2005. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  21. ^ "Rüdiger Safranski erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2006". Buch Markt (in German). September 29, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  22. ^ "Welt-Literaturpreis für Daniel Kehlmann". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). October 6, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  23. ^ "WELT-Literaturpreis 2008 für Hans Keilson". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). October 17, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  24. ^ "Philip Roth erhält WELT-Literaturpreis 2009". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). October 1, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  25. ^ "Auszeichnung: Claude Lanzmann erhält den "Welt"-Literaturpreis". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). October 2, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  26. ^ Von Dominique Horwitz (November 4, 2012). "Albert Ostermaier beherrscht Kunst der Literatur". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  27. ^ Richard Kämmerlings (October 4, 2013). "Jonathan Franzen erhält den "Welt"-Literaturpreis". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  28. ^ Richard Kämmerlings (3 October 2014). "Haruki Murakami erhält "Welt"-Literaturpreis 2014". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  29. ^ ""Welt"-Literaturpreis 2015 an Karl Ove Knausgård". Die Welt (in German). 18 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  30. ^ "„Welt"-Literaturpreis 2016 für Zadie Smith". Die Welt (in German). 7 October 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  31. ^ "Virginie Despentes erhält den WELT-Literaturpreis". Die Welt (in German). 5 October 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  32. ^ Thomas Schmid wird Herausgeber der WELT-Gruppe/ BERLINER MORGENPOST: Axel Springer SE press release

Further reading

  • Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers (1980) pp 353–60

External links

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